This Weeks Reading –
Ethics in the Virtual World:
Chapter 7: There Are Wrongs and Then There Are Wrongs.
If you accept that it is OK to kill random people in a video game (if you do not think it is OK feel free to argue this point), would it be OK to seek out to intentionally kill only individuals identified as homosexual in the game? Why? Please site the reading to support your response.
I would say that it would firstly depend upon the thoughts of the developers before any such idea was placed within a game, but if a player was presented with a game that allowed them to intentionally kill only individuals identified as homosexual in the game then I would see it as perfectly OK to do so. My decision is based upon one of Gary Young’s thoughts on Stephanie Patridge words. Partridges states: “Consider, for example, the game Mafia Wars. The fact that we enjoy playing this game seems to say nothing at all by itself about our attitude towards organised crime”. Young comments what he things Patridge is saying here – “Therefore, what I take Patridge to be saying here is that if we enjoy playing a game that features organized crime, our enjoyment is not necessarily a sign of our approval of organized crime.” [page 78]
Young, Garry. Ethics In The Virtual World. Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing Ltd, 2013. Print.